Zipper Isolation Play is a basketball play from a box set formation that utilizes a couple of zipper cuts to get your best scorer in a one-on-one isolation situation. It is a nice quick hitting basketball play when you need a basket from one of your best players who can create their own shot.
The players start in a box set. The point guard should dribble opposite of the player you want to isolate. In our example, O1 wants to get O2 in isolation, therefore, he dribbles to his right.
So for the play, O1 dribbles opposite of O2, going to the right wing area. O1 passes to O3 who is cutting off of O5’s screen.
As O3 receives the basketball, O4 downscreen’s for O2 and then clears out.
O4 clearing out creates the isolation, one-on-one situation for O2. O2 can look to create his own shot.
If you like the zipper set or the zipper cuts to create excellent shot opportunities within your offense, be sure to check out the additional ‘Zipper’ plays over at the Hoops U. Basketball Coaching Academy.